Monday, January 4, 2010

Palin Part II: 'You've Got Mail...'

Sarah Palin, eleventh governor of Alaska and 2...Image via Wikipedia
Former GOP vice-presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's practice of  favoring her personal Email account over her government Email address has sparked a debate in the state nicknamed "Seward's Folly" concerning whether state employees' personal Emails should be treated as public records.

During her abbreviated tenure as Alaska's Governor, Palin instructed family members, advisors, and her Chief of Staff to Email her at, instead of at because "everyone and their mother will be able to read Emails that arrive via that state address." Gawker published a number of Gov. Palin's missives from her private account after a college student hacked into her Yahoo address.

Emails from government accounts must be preserved under state records retention laws, which, according to a story in The Alaska Dispatch ( has prompted a public records request for the release of Palin's Yahoo Emails to determine if government business was being carried out in her private account.

Look for the legislature and the courts in the "Land of the Midnight Sun" to weigh in on this topic.  For now, it is unresolved whether Alaskans will be able to say: "I can see Sarah Palin's Emails from my house!"

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1 comment:

  1. She may be Snow White in Alaska, but she's white trash down here.